Legal news from Wednesday, December 16, 2009
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] on Wednesday sued [complaint, PDF; press release] computer microchip manufacturer Intel [corporate website] for antitrust violations. The complaint alleges that Intel used its dominant market position to stifle competition. According to the FTC, Intel engaged in threats and other unlawful tactics [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Wednesday struck down [order, PDF] the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) [text], which granted President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] and 8,000 other government officials immunity from corruption charges. A special 17-member panel of court ruled unanimously that the NRO is unconstitutional [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss government announced Wednesday that it has agreed to accept [press release] one Uzbek Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee for resettlement "on humanitarian grounds." The unidentified detainee has been held at Guantanamo since 2005 but has never faced charges. The detainee has been cleared for release since [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The British Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press summary, PDF] Wednesday that a Jewish school discriminated against a boy by denying him admission because he was not "ethnically Jewish." The London secondary school, JFS [school website], denied admission to the boy, known as M, because his mother [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Wednesday issued its first genocide charges against two former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] leaders. Former deputy leader and chief ideologist Nuon Chea and foreign minister Ieng Sary [Trial Watch profiles] were charged with genocide [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed [transcript, PDF] charges of fraud and conspiracy against two former executives of microchip maker Broadcom Corp. [corporate website] citing prosecutorial misconduct. Judge Cormac Carney of the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] dismissed [LAT report] charges against Broadcom's [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyer for a Swiss Muslim said Wednesday that his client has filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] challenging Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of minarets [JURIST report]. Hafid Ouardiri, a former spokesman at the Geneva Mosque, alleges [Reuters report] [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday agreed to drop antitrust charges [press release] against Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] after the company agreed to offer consumers a choice of web browsers [JURIST report]. The EC had accused Microsoft of violating fair competition rules by bundling the Internet Explorer [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] An assembly of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday submitted [press release] an immigration reform bill in the US House of Representatives [official website] that would give undocumented immigrants an easier path to seek legal status in the country. The proposed legislation, which is titled the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Galleon Group [partnership website] hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam [Financial Times profile] and former hedge fund consultant Danielle Chiesi were indicted [text, PDF; press release, PDF] Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on insider trading charges. The 17-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy and securities fraud for [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Ohio Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF; press release] Tuesday that police must obtain a warrant before searching data stored in a cell phone, in the first ruling of its kind by a state high court. The court ruled 4-3 that a warrantless search of the contents [read more]

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